Twilight of the Bomb Motherboard
Tiny black holes could trigger collapse of universe—except that they don’t Science/AAAS (furzy mouse)
Teaching Machines to Understand Us MIT Technology Review (David L)
All languages have evolved to have this in common Science/AAAS (furzy mouse)
Visualization China shrinking economy Business Insider (furzy mouse)
Europe approves rule mandating central clearing for derivatives FierceFinancIT (margarita)
Seeking Refuge: In Denmark, chill deepens toward accepting refugees Christian Science Monitor
After Greece: Saving EMU Huffington Post
Germany just got some shockingly bad industrial production news Business Insider. Gee, so how’s that deflationary policy working out?
Varoufakis Advisor James Galbraith: ‘Not Even Schäuble Thinks It’s a Good Solution’ Der Spiegel (Margarita). WTF? Now Galbraith walks back Varoufakis’ “Plan B” discussion, and confirms what we said, that all it was was what we called a “plan to have a plan.” Or as one economist said privately, “This is like convening structural engineers on the Titanic and asking them to describe how the ship will sink. If I were a German reading this interview, it would confirm my worst prejudices about Greeks being both devious and incompetent.”
Bank recap and NPL management create conundrum in bailout talks Macropolis (free subscription)
Russians Hacked Joint Chiefs of Staff Daily Beast (furzy mouse)
Obama ushers in the crisis of the Israel lobby Mondoweiss (Judy B)
Chuck Schumer Planning To Break With Obama, Oppose Iran Deal Huffington Post
We don’t occupy Libya so ISIS fills the vacuum Slightly East of New. Resilc: “If you aren’t prepared to run the country, either don’t go in or get ready to live with the consequences: If you aren’t willing to be the government, you can bet there are people who are, but you may not like them…It is demand creation of DoD/CIA/State Dept services, meanwhile my truck was swallowed by I-84.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Fourth Circuit adopts mosaic theory, holds that obtaining “extended” cell-site records requires a warrant Washington Post. A rare bit of good news.
Imperial Collapse Watch
How much longer for the “long war”? Who will win? Fabius Maximus (resilc)
The Disastrous Neocon Mindset Consortiumnews
American Democracy Has to Do Better Than This William Greider, Nation (Joe Costello). A righteous rant.
What Would Happen If the U.S. Defunded Planned Parenthood? Pacific Standard (Chuck L)
Tonight’s Republican Debate Is the Party’s Worst Nightmare New Republic. The outcome was so easy to foresee that TNR could do a pre-mortem.
Top Cringe Worthy Foreign Policy Moments in GOP Debate Juan Cole (resilc)
Bush and Trump Aren’t Among the G.O.P. Debate Winners New York Times
Donald Trump the loser of the Republican debate Ed Luce, Financial Times
Donald Trump Speaks the Truth Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
Megyn Kelly Calls Out Trump for Sexism Daily Beast (furzy mouse). As Lambert pointed out, to Fox’s credit, it was not throwing softballs.
Trump ‘Paid’ Hillary to Be Wedding Guest Daily Beast (furzy mouse)
Alabama’s Meth Lab Law, Abortion Rights, and the Strange Case of Jane Doe Pacific Standard (Chuck L)
The Uberisation of activism New York Times (EM). Great, now we are rebranding astroturf as activism? Who knows how many of the people Uber got to pipe up on its behalf were users, as opposed to people with an economic interest in Uber (direct or indirect, as in drivers or friends and family of drivers).
All These Fires Are Burning Through Firefighters’ Budgets Wired. Resilc: “They should say is2 started the fires.”
Drug-Plan Managers Wield ‘Potent Weapon’ Wall Street Journal. Um, given that Viagra is the focus of the story, the headline might be “impotence weapon”.
Deals challenge US inversions clampdown Financial Times
US media slump deepens with weak Viacom Financial Times
Harvard MBAs don’t want to go into banking anymore Business Insider
The Empiricist Strikes Back Katie Porter, Credit Slips. Wish I could cross post this.
The Assault on America’s Unions Continues Counterpunch
Abercrombie to End On-Call Scheduling Wall Street Journal. I cannot say Eric Schneiderman never gets out of bed…
Fired University of Akron painter spills the details of president’s $951,824 house remodel Akron Beacon Journal. Barbara B: “Evidently he needed a lot of space between himself and his mother-in-law.”
Swedish Privatization of Education Fails Angry Bear (resilc). Important.
Inequality: reframing the debate, reforming institutions and rooting out rent-seeking Bank Underground. Today’s must read
Antidote du jour (Stephen L, from USFWS):